NATO Satisfied Multinational Exercises Will Take Place In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- NATO's Assistant Secretary General Dirk Brengelmann has said in a phone conversation with Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Yeliseyev that he praises the Ukrainian parliament's decision to allow the military units of foreign states into Ukraine to participate in multinational military exercises in 2010, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's press service has reported.

NATO's Assistant Secretary General Dirk Brengelmann (Front).

As UKRINFORM reported, on May 18 the Verkhovna Rada adopted President Viktor Yanukovych's bill authorizing the holding of such international exercises in Ukraine, in which the military units of NATO member states will also participate.

The Defense Ministry estimated the holding of international military exercises on Ukrainian soil in 2010 at UAH 18.3 million ($2.3 million USD).

The law foresees the holding of the Maple Arch 2010 Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian-Canadian exercises, the Barrier 2010 and Light Avalanche 2010 multinational exercises, the Slavs for Peace 2010 Ukrainian-Slovak drills, Ukrainian-Romanian and Ukrainian-Belarusian exercises, the Cossack Steppe 2010 multinational exercises, as well as the Sea Breeze 2010 and Rapid Trident 2010 Ukrainian-U.S. drills.

Admission to Ukraine was allowed to the military units of 16 states, including Russia, Belarus, Romania, Germany, Greece, Canada, the United States, Poland, Bulgaria, Britain, Slovakia, Hungary, Georgia, etc.

Source: Bsanna News